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Hill in New Zealand with a record-breaking name

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Hill in New Zealand with a record-breaking name

Let’s discover Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, the New Zealand hill with the longest name in the world.

In New Zealand there is a particular hill, famous for being the location with the longest name in the world. Is called Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatah and is located near Pōrangahau, Hawke’s Bay. The name is made up of 85 characters in the Maori language, a real record name. Let’s discover, therefore, its meaning and why today it has become a real tourist destination, not just for the name.

What does Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu mean?

With his 85 easier, the famous New Zealand hill holds the world record for the location with the longest toponym in the world. In second place we find the British town of Wales Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch which to this day remains the city with the longest name in Europe.

For convenience, the very long name is shortened by New Zealanders to “Hill level”. Ma what’s the meaning what lies behind this very long name?

The meaning of Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu it is hidden in the terms that compose it and in Italian it can be translated into “the place where Tamatea, the man with big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as the “devourer of lands”, played his flute for his beloved.”

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History of a hill with a record-breaking name

The meaning of the name therefore hides hints of its history. In fact, it is said that in the past that place was the scene of a great battle. The hero Tamatea clashed against the Ngati Hine tribe, losing his brother. Legend has it that Tamatea was so shaken by the loss that he stayed on the spot for a few days, going there every morning to play the Kōauau (the Maori flute) in memory of him.

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The fascinating hill Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu has become today a tourist destination very popular, but not only due to curiosity regarding its very long name. New Zealand, in fact, is a territory so rich in charm and richness that it hides within it landscapes that are, to say the least, enchanting, capable of stimulating peace of mindjust like this particular hill.

It is therefore worth reaching Taumata Hill not only to try to pronounce its name in one breath, but also to get lost in the beauty of its enchanting views, to visit both in winter than in the summer. New Zealand, after all, offers a lot for nature lovers, with many trekking routes and splendid itineraries all to be explored on foot or by biketo discover hidden places and experience unforgettable moments during your journey in contact with nature.

How to get to the hill in New Zealand

Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu it is located near Pōrangahau, Hawke’s Bay.

Certainly the simplest route that allows you to reach it is from Wellington. Once you reach it by plane the rich New Zealand capital, it is possible to reach the hill by car taking the SH1 towards Hawke Bay.

Between the most beautiful places to visitNew Zealand offers wonderful views and is one of the ideal destinations to vivere on the road to immerse yourself in a unique and adventurous experience to discover the wonderful New Zealand nature.

Article Modified on: 8 February 2024

Roberta Pagnotta 9 February 2024

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